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Cap'n's Cabaret #97: Trot like a Turkey!

It's the dance so explicit the Vatican condemned it: the Turkey Trot!

This old Ragtime favorite is hot once again, folks, and the Cabaret is on the scene. One of the many "animal dances" of that era. [image from mentalfloss.com]

An influence for many of today's hottest dances, from the Foxtrot to the Charleston and even the Black Bottom, the Turkey Trot was the first dance to make your grandparents gasp in shock, and the law to take notice.  One poor New Jersey lass even spent 50 days in jail for doing the Turkey Trot!

Some say the Turkey came from the Grizzly...nightclub in Chicago, that is.  They claim it as far back as '09.  The Barbary Coast in Frisco, on the other hand, claims they made it back in '12. 

Either way, it's a refreshing little blast from the near past to help shake up the party and infuse a little pre-war nostalgia into the scene.

Ready?  Let's Turkey Trot!

Hand in hand, cheek to cheek.

Feet apart. 

Four hops to the left, ball-heel, ball-heel.

For hops to the right.

Got that down?  Embelishment time!

Try a scissor-flick of the feet or some quick trots. 

Start-and-stop a little. 

Switch from cheek-to-cheek to side-to-side like an old fashioned prominade!

Change hands or slide into an embrace, if you dare!

That's the ticket!


Now that we've had the Turkey, who's up for a little Thanksgiving?

A Thanksgiving Cocktail, of course!


Thanksgiving Cocktail:

[image from Yumsugar.com via Pintrest]

  • 3/4 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 3/4 oz Apricot brandy
  • 1/4 oz fresh Lemon Juice

Shake over ice, strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.


Who knew Turkeys could be such swell dance partners?

[image from Streetswing.com]

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